Winchester High School is thrilled to present our first (of many) WHS Staff Highlight: Miss Killebrew, affectionately known to students as Miss K! For our first spotlight, we wanted to celebrate Miss K in honor of Spanish Language Day, which was this past Saturday, October 12, as our Spanish teacher of the last seven years.
Miss K is a prime example of Winchester’s ability to “grow our own” workforce as she is a Winchester native and WHS alum. An Illinois College grad, Miss K is compassionate, intelligent, and dedicated. She hopes people remember her most for caring about others.
Not only can Miss K speak and teach the Spanish language, but she’s also had the opportunity to travel to Spain! Spain and Italy are two of the best places she’s traveled for the history, culture, and the delicious food. Some of her other favorites include chips & dip, the tv show “The 100,” and reading. She also still loves traveling, even though she was once hit by a car while in Washington D.C.!
If you run into Miss K out in the wild of Winchester, she will likely have the one thing she can’t live without: her phone. Once upon a time, when she studied abroad, Miss K had to hand off her cell phone and couldn’t contact anyone for 24 hours! She said it was terrifying, but she wouldn’t trade that experience for anything!
When asked to describe herself as a school supply, Miss K said she is most like a pencil. She likes to plan, but also wants to have the flexibility of changing plans if needed, much like using an eraser to fix a mistake.
If Miss K could talk to her 14 year old self, she would tell herself not to be afraid of trying new things and getting out of her comfort zone. Miss K teaches that every day at school, whether she’s teaching kids a new language or teaching them to shine on stage with the drama club.
Happy (belated) Spanish Language Day, Miss K!
Photo Credit: Jack Albers, Spanish IV student
This activity was led by Sergeant Taylor Pettigrew of the US Army.
The activity was for team building - the students had to come up with a way to get their team from one side of the obstacle to the other without ringing the bell (attached to the wires in that white rectangle) if they hit the wires the bell would ring, they would have to start over and do 10 push ups.
All students today came up with many different strategies which allowed them all to work together to solve the problem/task at hand.
For 8th hour we split the kids up between boys and girls. The girls used a very unique strategy involving cheer baskets which allowed them to walk across each other to get to the other side. Photo includes Zoe Evans, Kailey Whicker, Cali Fox, Sydney Elliott, and Zaylei Evans as the base with Danette Strang walking across them.
The boys used another strategy which included carrying one another like a baby and then tossing them to the other side....
Based off the photos you can tell which worked better.
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WHS Veterans Day 2019 T-shirts
Cost $13 per shirt
Payment due with order: checks made out to: WHS
Return payment to the WHS office or Mrs. Moran-Cortes
Gray T-shirts with red lettering design, color flag, black silhouette
Orders due by October 25
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Shirts available in sizes: AS, AM, AL, AXL, Add $2 for: AXXL, AXXXL
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We would like to invite the local business owners and professionals to our career fair for our high school students. This will be November 11, 2019, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Winchester Grade School Gym after our Veterans Day Assembly. Please see invitation letter and RSVP flyer below for more information.
The Winchester High School National Honor Society is hosting a Veterans Day Assembly on November 11th in the Winchester Grade School gym. Veterans are invited to have donuts and coffee in the WGS cafeteria between 8:15 and 8:40. The assembly will start at 8:45 and is open to the public.
The National Honor Society is asking for pictures of local veterans to be displayed during this ceremony. These pictures can be emailed to Leevia Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org